Annie Cardenas

Annie Cardenas
I am a momma to 3 beautiful Asian/Hispanic mixed kids, with one being hard of hearing. I'm an Orange County native that moved to San Diego about 10 years ago. We love exploring San Diego as a family, so we look for kid friendly places and we love staycations.
summer rolls

Spring Calls for Spring… I Mean Summer Rolls with Fresh Ingredients

The beautiful weather that we have been getting lately leads me to crave one of my childhood favorites: summer rolls. Some people call it spring rolls, but that is a type of fried eggroll....

My Top Ten Thank You’s to Teachers

The end of the school year is approaching in about 2 months. I just wanted to take a moment to recognize all you teachers. Before my oldest started kindergarten with her first teacher, I...

My Tattoos Don’t Define Me, They Represent Me

As a teen, I'd go to the bookstore before heading into my first job to buy the latest tattoo magazines. I was obsessed with the process of getting tattooed, the details, the art, and...

Celebrating February 14th as a Birthday Rather than as Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2011, I arrived to Labor and Delivery for my firstborn. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I'd have a baby on a holiday, but I did. My rainbow baby...

SoftZone Rental Keeps Toddlers Busy and Moms Happy {SPONSORED POST}

When my family and I get invited to birthdays or parties, I can't help but feel some sort of dread. The dread of having to helicopter my 18-month-old while he explores and gets into...

My Family Outing that Turned into Our Annual Tradition

I live for our family traditions. In the summer, our tradition is to do a staycation to watch the fireworks. For the wintertime, we love to drive around and see Christmas lights and have...

My Top 4 Favorite Bento-Style Box Picks for Kids

Before my oldest started kindergarten, I was on a quest to find the perfect bento-style lunchbox for her. This gave me a flashback to my elementary school days. My mom would pack me a...

Back to School Stuffed Pancakes for the Win

Happy new school year, mamas! We are back to waking up earlier than our kids to make breakfast, and lunch, and find their missing socks. I usually have my kids eat finger-friendly foods like...

In Sickness and in Health: When Hope Was All I Had Left

Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  I can't tell you how much this simple yet powerful word has carried me through life. Yes, there is faith, determination, strength...
ice cream

Family Date: Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream for the Win

Goodbye school and hello summer! Time for fun around the city, and ice cream of course! With our beautiful weather here in San Diego, ice cream just tastes that much better. My kid's favorite...
farmer's market

Little Italy Mercato: Taste and Shop at the Farmer’s Market

I love going to Little Italy Mercato! Since my oldest is in school, it's so much more easier to go on Saturdays as a family. Getting 3 kids ready especially with an infant who...

K Sandwiches: A Vietnamese Food Gem

After moving to San Diego about 11 years ago, I found myself on the hunt for Vietnamese foods.  I know you are thinking about pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), but I'm talking about snacks and...

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Shark Summer is coming to Birch Aquarium!

Sharks are taking the spotlight at Birch Aquarium with various activities for all ages! Throughout July, you can enjoy shark feedings, kelp forest dives,...